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continues right now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it's friday, july 22. i am pamela brown. >> i am scott thuman. glad to have you along. we begin with traffic and weather every ten minutes. today will be even hotter. 50 states under heat advisory. the heat has been blamed for 22 deaths. widespread power outages in the midwest. demand on the power grid may have hit record levels yesterday. we have a team coverage of the extreme heat. but adam caskey has a check on the forecast. >> another steamy day, already high outside. some heat indexes are above 90 degrees already this morning. the air temperature is 83 in the district. 78 at dulles airport quantico at 79. very heavy humidity.
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at reagan national it feels like 91 and 90 in hagerstown. hot start to the day. on our way to about 100 or greater for the high temperature this afternoon. when you factor in the humidity, it will feel like 118. the air temperature and the heat index is for this aid, not for those people back to be outside. -- the air temperature and the heat index is for the shade. >> looks good at the truck scales. looks good between baltimore and the beltway. 95 is slowing down al little across the occoquan. 495, no problems up there. back to you. >> thank you. the region seems to be
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taking the threat of the dangerous heat to a heart. we have avoided any major problems but for the people forced outside in the near- record conditions, there is little relief. ben eisler a continues team coverage from northwest washington. good morning. >> right now it is about 86 degrees at dupont circle. my class is get foggy. the need is affecting our bodies and our pets and our cars. >> we are going to try to get it repaired as soon as possible. >> cars had begun breaking down on the 14th street bridge and the beltway by noon. >> i have never had this problem before. maybe then he at caused it.
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>> the air conditioner at brentwood rec center went out. >> i have an automatic fran that consists of a piece of paper to fan myself -- automatic fan. >> 116 is hot. >> moments ago we learned that the university of the district of columbia has decided to close the van ness campus entirely today due to an heat concerns. they want to make sure their employees and students stay safe. alive the dupont circle, ben eisler, abc 7 news. an electronic thermometer showed how warm the services are. a table top and arlington was
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118 degrees yesterday. the top of a child's head was 109. 127 degrees on the benches when the kids sat down. and does slide at a playground reached 154 degrees. --a a slide. and this is a picture of a man selling bottled water on pennsylvania avenue. keep sending your pictures or look at the gallery the heat has proven to be a challenge for people to watch the 150th anniversary of the first major civil war battle. the celebration kept off yesterday. tomorrow and sunday is a re- enactment of the first battle of manassas. medical tents have been set up to deal with any heat-related emergencies. the event is expected to draw 100,000 people this weekend. that will mean heavy traffic in
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manassas and around manassas national battlefield park. expect slow downs especially on route 29 and 234. police and shot and wounded a man in northwest washington. last night they found a man with a shotgun in the 5800 block of 13th street. he ran, dropping the weapon. then the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it toward the officers. that's when officers opened fire. the man is hospitalized in stable condition. we are following the latest developments in the nfl lockout which may be on the brink of ending. the team owners approved a new contract. they gave the players until tuesday to certify as a union and ratify the agreement. players say they will not vote until they review the deal. >> i think we all have an obligation to get a decision done because we are down where
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the time frames will start to impact. >> doll of fame game was canceled. facilities will reopen once the players ratify the agreement. president obama will take the debt debate to college park. today the commander-in-chief will hold a town hall meetings at the university of maryland coliseum. this comes as lawmakers continued to fight for a compromise. the clock is still ticking. mike conneen joins us from the news room " where king's stand in the fight. >> good morning. the senate seems to be moving away from the house plan that calls for balanced budget amendment. president obama and house speaker john brennan continue searching for their so-called grand bargain with as much as $4 trillion in deficit-reduction. starting at 11:00 this morning the president will take its case to the public as the clock ticks down to the august 2 deadline. he will speak at the university
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coliseum. a limited number of general admission tickets were made available to the university. this will be his first public appearance this month outside what he calls the white house bubble. the president argues that we have the opportunity to do something big and meaningful. he says we should ask the wealthiest individuals and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. he says that is not just the democratic position. he says it's one that has been taken by everyone from warren buffett to bill o'reilly. thousands of federal employees could find themselves off the job tonight. congress has until midnight to reauthorize the federal aviation administration. if it does not, 4000 workers could be furloughed. airlines would not have to collect ticket taxes costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars. air-traffic controllers would
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not be affected by a shutdown. 81 degrees on this friday, 6:07. >> a message to congress. the star of a hit super bowl ad is coming to capitol hill. >> major developments in the fight for same sex equality. >> you are probably feeling assorting start to the we
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i am with the rosslyn bid. we are at gateway park where you can catch a great view of the
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washington monument. and on friday nights, you can catch movies featuring actors from saturday night live. steamy friday morning, 6:00 10. today will be a couple degrees hotter than yesterday. nothing you want to hear. beautiful sky conditions over our nation's capital, mostly sunny. but there is a thick blanket of days -- haze, due to the humidity. on the right side is the heat index. already it feels like 90 degrees in falls church. frederick, 89 degrees, but it feels like 99. that could be an error. 85 in annapolis but it feels like 97. silver spring, feels like 91.
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it will feel like 118 degrees this afternoon with an air temperature of 102. dangerously hot hot today and tomorrow. better chance of storms on monday when we finally cooldown) 90. that's it for the forecast. let's go to angie with our commute. >> most things are looking good no incidents. slow traffic in the district. newark avenue in mount at florida. and do your cabinet outbound before ninth street, there is road construction in northeast. that extends to fairview avenue. traffic getting by single file to the left. 66 in virginia, slow traffic. 95 northbound has slowed traffic across the occoquan river. back to you. >> thank you. an important note for metro riders. expect a 30 minute delays on the red and orange lines this weekend because of transport. the work will begin at 10:00
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tonight and continue through sunday. they will replace trains between the east falls church and west falls church stations. trains will be single-tracking between dupont circle and judiciary square. 81 degrees on this friday, 6:12. >> the la jolla wizard vs steve rogers. we will have a preview of the box office battle. woman: saving for our child's college fu w was getting expensive. man: yes it was. so to save some money, we taught our 5 year old how to dunk. woman: scholarship! woman: honey go get him. anncr: there's an easier way to save. get online. go to get a quote. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insuncnce.
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welcome back, friday morning. millions of americans waking up to another day of blistering heat. extreme temperatures are putting the nation's power grid to the test. karen travers if it joins us from northwest washington with more on how people are coping with it. good morning. >> good morning. they are trying to cope with it
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from the midwest to the east coast. people are seeking relief from the scorching temperatures. this is a massive heatwave that covers 1 million square miles of the united states. it looks like it's going to continue a few more days. nearly two dozen deaths have been blamed on the heat wave already. hospitals have seen four times as many heat-related illnesses than normal. there is little relief even when it's dark. when the sun goes down, nearly 100 cities have set a record for high temperatures overnight this month. as the temperatures are soaring so does power usage. people are cranking up their conditioners and fans. chicago has hit power grid records and new york is expected to be next. we will still been sweating a couple more days on the east coast. back to you.
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>> thank you. checking our top stories the d.c. area will sweat through another day of oppressive heat. temperatures will top the century mark and the humidity will make it feel worse. local governments plan to open up cooling centers for residents who don't air-conditioning. the white house and congressional republicans are in serious negotiations on a debt reduction plan. a likely deal could include approve $3 trillion in spending cuts and a commitment to increase revenue through tax reform. a british lawmakers want police to look into claims that james murdoch gave inaccurate testimony during his hearing on the phone hacking scandal. two former employees are challenging his claim that he had not seen evidence that the a phone hacking went beyond a single reporter. pentagon chief leon panetta will certify the end of "don't
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ask, don't tell" today. president obama is expected to endorse the policy change a little later. the repeal of the ban would go into effect after 60 days and that would open the military to gay people by the end of september. maryland governor martin o'malley will talk about his plans to legalized gay marriage. he has killed looks a news conference on how he will support the legislation during the next general assembly session. he has been studying the new york's that includes religious protection. ---- he has been studying new york's new law. >> there's going to be an increase in police patrols in adams morgan due to recent crimes. how the heat hits your
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wallets. peggy bunker has that story and more. >> longer unemployment. more than one and out of three job-seekers has been looking for longer than a year in the country. long-term unemployment is the worst in 70 years. european leaders have agreed on a massive new bailout for greece and a political deadlock on how to save the economy. the package could make it easier to help the other teetering economies in europe. the blistering heat in much of our nation could affect the corn crops if the heat wave goes on much longer. corn is used in everything from bourbon to tortilla chips meaning higher food prices. this weekend, the final harry potter films has been breaking records but captain america opens today. we will see if that beats
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having a daughter. adam caskey now. >> according to my little survey most people would rather be digging out of the snow 41- 15. he waves -- heat waves claim more lives than any other type of weather conditions. it is more dangerous. >> there have been 22 deaths nationwide because of this heatwave. >> he waved, flash floods, lightning, those are the top three most dangerous -- heat wave. here's a look at laurel maryland 84 degrees hazy
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sunshine, dew point of 74. the heat index is 91 degrees in laurel to start your day. 83 downtown, 78 at dulles airport. it feels like 91 degrees in the district 86 in quantico, 89 in hagerstown 92 along the water at the naval academy in annapolis. here's a look at some of the record high temperatures for today through the weekend. the most likely want to fall dulles airport and bwi, and reagan national. we are going to be close to breaking the records today and tomorrow, if we don't break them. cooling off a little by sunday. 102 will be the high
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temperatures today but it will feel like 118. that is in the shade. let's go to angie with our commute. overturned vehicles on 95 southbound after 123/woodbrige on the right side of the road in prince william county. frying pan road at centreville accident reported. slow traffic on 66 eastbound at business 234 and again at route 50. new york avenue district traffic slowing down approaching florida ave. back to you. >> thank you. 81 degrees outside. >> up next on this friday morning, a super bowl star's message for congress. why he wants to be the force to change minds on capitol hill. >> today on "oprah," hear from
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the mentally ill child who tried to kill his own mother, 4:00 on abc 7.
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♪ >> the young boy who played darth vader in a popular super bowl commercial will be on
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capitol hill today. max page will try to convince lawmakers not to make cuts to medicaid. he has a rare heart condition and has been fitted with three pacemakers. the program that trains the doctors who helped him is on the chopping block. on wednesday we learned tiger woods fired its longtime caddie steve williams. >> yesterday williams fired back. >> i lost respect for tiger along with a lot of people. i have been incredibly loyal and then to have this happen. you could say i wasted two years of my life. >> he made a lot of money during that time. probably made $9 million during his decade-long association with tiger woods. 6:25. still another half-hour of "good
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morning washington." >> will captain america save the day at the box office? you will want to check out arch campbell's best baets. >> high and muggy this weekend, dangerously higot.
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live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> blistering. >> it is about a as hot as i remember. >> if you thought thursday was hot, just wait. good morning, washington. it's friday, july 22. i am scott thuman. >> good morning. thanks for being with us on this friday. i am pamela brown. if we begin with traffic and
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weather every ten minutes. the region continues coping with record temperatures. and there's a code red air quality. adam caskey has the forecast. >> dangerously hot day. that's why we have the excessive heat warnings for this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon for the majority of the region. here's a live look at the naval academy this morning, or rather the view from the naval academy over the severn river. six humidity in the air. it feels like 93 degrees, along the water in annapolis when you factor in the humidity. this is like 95 in landover and in the district. on our way to about 102 this afternoon. it will feel like 118. very hot and muggy. code red air quality. slight chance of a late-day storm. slightly better chance in
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afternoon on saturday and sunday. 96 on sunday. accident on 95 southbound after 123. and overturned tractor trailer track to getting by on the left shoulder. the ramp to 123 and southbound 95 is blocked. a lot of activity in woodbrige. 395 is slow between edsall road and seminary. and it's low in the district before the suitland parkway. new york avenue is slow at florida ave. and temperatures will climb above the century mark today but it will feel even hotter. people have been struggling to deal with a scorching temperatures. ben eisler has more on the told a heat. is heat >>-- the heat is taking -- on
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the toll the heat is taking. >> the sign is no longer going -- glowing. by noon yesterday we saw a driver is broken down on the beltway and the 14th street bridge. air-conditioner is if buckled under the pressure. like the one of the district's brentwood recreation center. we have seen locals flooding the swimming pools allowed the region. the university of the district of columbia will be closing its van ness campus entirely today due to heat concerns to make sure staff and students are kept safe. ben eisler, abc 7 news. >> the hot weather means a
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change in people's daily habits. sidewalk cafes are not getting a lot of downers -- diners. and hot coffee is not selling much but cold drinks are pretty popular. local emergency rooms are dealing with patients with the related problems. you can get the latest on the heat wave by going, the latest heat warnings on there and you can track the temperatures in your neighborhood as well as the excess of seven-day forecast. the sesquicentennial in manassas a big celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the first major civil war battle. manasseh's bull run. the event kicked off yesterday expand medical tents have been set up to deal with any heat- related emergencies. numerous events are planned for that sesquicentennial, including the civil war military parade that takes place at 10:00
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this morning in old town manassas. and then a re-enactment of the civil war battles at manassas national battlefield park. that will happen tomorrow and sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. both days. investigators are looking for answers in a police involved shooting in northwest washington. officers found a man with a shotgun ini the 5800 block of 13th street. he dropped the weapon and ran away. then the man pulled out a handgun and turned toward the officers. the officers opened fire. the man is hospitalized in stable condition. now to the latest development in the nfl lockout which could come to an end soon. team owners overwhelmingly voted to approve a new contract yesterday. they gave the players until tuesday to recertify as a union and ratify the agreement. but the players say they will not vote until they temporarily review the offer -- until theyy
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can review the offer. with 11 days until the deadline still no deal. >> with the white house and house republicans saying that they may be getting closer, there is possibly some hopes. mike conneen joins us with the latest. >> the senate is expected to cast aside a measure passed by the republican-controlled house which calls for a constitutional balanced budget amendment. this now clears the way for increasingly urgent talks on the debt ceiling. president obama and house speaker john boehner are searching for a grand bargain $4 trillion in debt deductions through spending cuts, and reforms, and tax reform. big differences remain. but all sides agree on this -- >> the u.s. government cannot default on its obligations.
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>> congress must act before. august 2 >> i will keep the members of congress here as long as it takes to get it done. >> there's a growing frustration and finger-pointing than as the house prepares for a weekend off. >> it is untoward for the house to be out this weekend. a bad picture that shows the country. >> asked about that, the house speaker had this to say -- >> ♪ zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a- dee-ay my, oh, my, what a wonderful day ♪ >> president obama argues the wealthiest americans and biggest corporations should pay their fair share to help reduce the deficit. he says that idea is supported by people from warren buffett and bill o'reilly. today will be his first public appearance this month in maryland taxat the university for
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a while outside the congressional talks. maryland governor martin o'malley will unveil plans to fight for gay marriage during the next general assembly session. defense secretary leon panetta is expected to certify that gay people can serve openly in the military. the "don't ask, don't tell" policy will end 60 days after president obama approves that certification. 6:37, 81 degrees now. >> when we continue, we are dealing with the heat wave. we will tell you how other areas are dealing with these oppressive temperatures. >> how do you stop harry potter oppose the grand finale? i ♪ ♪ [ woman ] sam begged and
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6:40 on this friday morning. already a steam bath. take a look at our morning temperatures and the humidity. we have heat index values at and above 90 degrees. it's 83 degrees at reagan national. but when you factor in the humidity it feels like 91. lexington park, 82, but it feels like 93. 6:00 hour 40 a.m.40.
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high temperatures today around 102 degrees with an excessive heat warning today and tomorrow. it will feel like 118 degrees this afternoon. storms possible during the afternoon and night time through a weekend as well as today. 100 degrees again tomorrow. record-challenging heat today and tomorrow. finally backed down where we should be this time of year. back down so 90 on monday and tuesday. let's go to angie with our commute. and overturned tractor trailer on 99 southbound traffic getting by on the left shoulder. another crash reported west of georgia avenue in the district's, sherman avenue at
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irving street. 66 eastbound between 395 and edsall road, is low there as well. back to you. >> thank you. 81 degrees, 6:42 and toas
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the heat wave is taking a toll on much of the nation's temperatures and can be felt from boston to texas. karen travers has more. >> from the midwest to the east coast, people are desperate for relief from the temperatures. city officials have set up a local mobile water fountains to help people cool off.
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1 million square miles across the nation affected. nearly two dozen deaths have been blamed on the heels. some hospitals are seeing four times the number of the related cases. even when the sun goes down, there is still little relief. 100 cities tied or set records for overnight temperatures. chicago and philadelphia hit all-time highs for electricity usage this week and new york is expected to be next. utility companies are preparing for power outages. >> if we need to deliver dry ice, we can do that. >> cooler air is expected to move across the northern part of the country. for everyone else, they will keep sweating until early next week. karen travers, abc news. breaking news. new pictures of a tractor- trailer crashed on 95 past 123.
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that is causing quite a significant back up. the rush hour just getting into the thick of it. there are backed up for a good distance. the tractor-trailer crashed on interstate 95 past 123. we will have much more on that in a few minutes. metro passengers will soon be able to add money to their smart to account online. metro has been testing a program with 500 people. it allows users to avoid the line that vending machines and they can load value to their card any computer. that will be available to everyone by the end of august. a man a statue in arlington is up for sale. this man car skidded out of an old tree in 2004. now he is selling it because it could fall over. jackson is asking $3,000 for
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the carving and the buyer must haul it away. the nationals will be looking for help from jayson werth when they take on the dodgers this weekend. nationals fans are in ambivalent. duffy's bay is offering beer for $2.18 the same as jayson werth's batting average. the deal is only good on sunday. a campaign's shake-up and a straw poll preview. >> david joins us now in the studio to explain. let's begin with an jon huntsman's campaign. it was not the smoothest roll- out. >> you don't get much time to show progress in these campaigns. his campaign manager planned a
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big meeting today in washington to determine what to do next, how to get more aggressive. he has not shown much progress in the national polls and the first poll in new hampshire showing him in single digits. >> the august straw poll is coming up in iowa. >> tim pawlenty, another candidate stuck in a rut. a lot of that is tied to the rise of michelle bachmann. she is rising and is a close second to mitt romney. iowa willtim pawlenty has to do well. will they place rick perry on the ballot? saturday will be the big day. they both need to do well
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including michelle bachmann. >> thanks. have a great weekend. time for traffic and weather every 10 minutes. straight to adam caskey. >> dangerously hot temperatures today. it will feel like 118 degrees when you factor in the humidity. these are temperatures in the shade that we refer to. there's a beautiful time lapse of laurel, hazy conditions across the washington area. when you factor in the relative humidity levels, it feels like 92 degrees. very muggy and uncomfortable. in arlington 84, feels like 93. in the district, 87, it feels
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like 96 at this time. in late ginsberg 86, its wheels likes -- while it feels like 96. very uncomfortable even now at 6:50 a.m. it will feel worse this afternoon. hottethere's an excessive heat warning today and tomorrow. we could break some records. we will have patchy clouds developing west of the blue ridge later on today. could be a few isolated thunderstorms. the same story on the weekend maybe some isolated afternoon storms. 102 today, code red air quality, will feel like 118. mid 90's the on sunday. near 90 degrees by monday.
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let's go to angie with our commute. overturned tractor trailer on 95 southbound after 123 causing a significant back up and delays. the good news is that the tow trucks is there already. also, the ramp is blocked as well. that is a lot going on. let's move to the outer loop of the beltway, no problems. some stop and go traffic. no incidents or accidents as a result of the traffic that we see. back to you. >> thank you. 6:51 82 degrees
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good friday morning. white house and republican leadership considering a new deal on the national debt, what it means for your bottom line, from social security to your taxes. and a dare devil taking a plunge from several thousand feet up. why he is risking his life. that's next on "good morning america." >> i am arch campbell with your weekend movie guide. >> it gets a little only.
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>> mila kunis recruits justin timberlake and soon they become bedroom buddies. "friends with benefits" is pleasant, but don't expect anything new. 2.5 stars. also opening is an old school super hero movie "captain america." great style and a twist that brings him into the future. 2.5. four stars "harry potter." and for " midnight in paris." two stars for "zookeeper.'
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have a nice weekend everybody. abc 7 entertainment. a last look at traffic and weather. >> and breaking traffic news. >> i have good news as well. 95 southbound after 123 woodbrige, the overturned tractor trailer the traffic is still backed up but they are in the process of cleaning up the road quickly. hopefully, the morning commute will not be a mass this morning. still have some backups, but that should be cleared up soon. some heat index value is already above 90 degrees early this morning. it will feel like 118 this afternoon. dangerously high hotot today and tomorrow. 102 degrees today, 100 tomorrow. >>
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